Diabetes News and Research

As a patient, it’s so important to understand your condition. This is especially true for people with diabetes. Though diabetes has no known cure right now, you should be aware of the recent medical advances and discoveries as researchers work on finding a cure and improving treatments.

Having access to up-to-date news about diabetes research is one of the best ways to become an educated patient. That’s why we’ll update you with weekly research and treatment information, so that you can take the best care of your diabetes, whether it’s type 1, type 2, or gestational.

The goal is to make you an informed person who can talk with ease about diabetes, not just with relatives and friends but also with your doctor. The more you know, the more involved you can be in your healthcare decisions.

Inflammation may be behind diabetic nephropathy in individuals with type 2 diabetes
05/23/2011 - Changes that control inflammatory responses within the kidneys may be the root cause of severe nephropathy stemming from type 2 diabetes, according to a team of researchers from the University of Louisville.
Arterial plaque test may accurately predict risk for cardiovascular complications among type 2 diabetics
05/23/2011 - Testing for coronary artery calcium levels may be an effective way to indentify type 2 diabetes patients who are at the greatest risk of dying at a young age from a cardiovascular event, according to the results of a new study out of Wake Forest University.
Common type 2 diabetes medication may raise risk of bladder cancer
05/20/2011 - The type 2 diabetes medication pioglitazone may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, according to a new review of Food and Drug Administration data conducted by a team of Italian researchers.
Type 2 diabetes often precedes mood disorders
05/20/2011 - Type 2 diabetes and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety are known to co-occur at high rates. However, doctors have been unsure whether one condition causes the other or if a single underlying factor is responsible for both ailments.
Uncovering process that determines fate of stem cells may lead to better treatments for type 1 diabetes
05/19/2011 - By looking at markers on proteins known as histones, around which DNA molecules wind, a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania believes that it may be possible to predict the fate of embryonic stem cells. This knowledge could be used to steer these cells toward developing into insulin-producing pancreatic cells, which individuals with type 1 diabetes lack.
Men with type 2 diabetes are more likely to suffer cardiovascular complications than women
05/19/2011 - Type 2 diabetes is known to increase an individual's risk of developing cardiovascular complications, but a new study from a group of Yale University researchers shows that men are at significantly greater risk than women.
Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is tied to increased risk of metabolic problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes
05/18/2011 - Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can dramatically increase a woman's odds of becoming obese later in life and developing associated health problems, which often include type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of British researchers.
Enzyme may increase insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes risk
05/17/2011 - Higher levels of an enzyme known as PKC-delta may lead to greater insulin resistance and a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Joslin Diabetes Center. Researchers said that their findings may lead to the development of new medications that improve insulin sensitivity.
Limiting cholesterol levels may minimize inflammation and reduce type 2 diabetes risk
05/17/2011 - By stimulating the enzyme CEH to remove more cholesterol from cells, it may be possible to limit inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce an individual's type 2 diabetes risk, said a group of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
Researchers identify single gene that controls many risk factors for type 2 diabetes
05/16/2011 - A team of British researchers has found that the KLF14 gene, which was already known to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels, may serve a much broader purpose in the body, regulating many metabolic functions.
New study finds link between growth hormone therapy and type 2 diabetes in children
05/13/2011 - In recent years, prescribing growth hormone has become a common treatment for many childhood conditions. However, a new study from the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has found that this therapy may dramatically increase young people's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Evidence mounts for possible link between autism and type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
05/13/2011 - While the causes of autism remain unknown, new evidence suggests that a child may be more likely to develop the condition if their mother had type 2 diabetes, was obese or had high blood pressure.
Researchers identify genetic pathway involved in fat storage that may predispose individuals to type 2 diabetes
05/12/2011 - The discovery of a new genetic pathway that controls the storage of energy as fat and its subsequent expenditure could lead to the development of new medications aimed at treating metabolic conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes, says a group of researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Blocking a set of enzymes in the liver may turn off glucose production, leading to healthier blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics
05/12/2011 - A new study from researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has shown that a group of enzymes known as histone deacetylases (HDACs) may play a key role in regulating the liver's production of glucose. The finding could lead to the development of new medications that allow individuals with type 2 diabetes to maintain tighter control over their blood sugar levels.
Researchers say type 2 diabetes may actually be an autoimmune disease
05/11/2011 - A new study from a group of Stanford University researchers suggests that, similar to type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes may be an autoimmune disorder. The classification of the disease as such could drastically change the way that doctors and scientists think about it, which may lead to the development of different treatments and medications.
New study links reliance on car to obesity, with implications for type 2 diabetes
05/11/2011 - The surging obesity rates and the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes may be closely associated with Americans' growing reliance on automobiles, suggests a new study out of the University of Illinois.
Researchers seek to determine if combination of two type 1 diabetes medications will work
05/10/2011 - A new study on the possibility of combining injections of insulin and the blood sugar-mediating drug pramlintide could help individuals with type 1 diabetes limit the number of injections they need to take each day.
New study confirms benefits for type 2 diabetics of combining aerobic exercise and resistance training
05/10/2011 - When aerobic exercise is combined with resistance training, it can lead to significant improvements in cardiovascular risk factors among individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a group of Canadian researchers.
Insulin resistance precedes mitochondrial dysfunction in type 2 diabetics, study finds
05/09/2011 - Insulin resistance, which is common in individuals with type 2 diabetes, may result from dysfunctions in the mitochondria, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Cambridge. The findings help answer an enduring mystery that has perplexed diabetes investigators for years.
Intervention Programs Help Women with Gestational Diabetes Lose More Weight
05/06/2011 - Lifestyle intervention programs that target diet and exercise habits may help women who experience gestational diabetes retain less weight during pregnancy and reduce their future risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation.
Silencing a protein could turn fat cells into energy burners in individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/05/2011 - Silencing the neuropeptide Y (NPY) protein in the brain may turn adipose tissue into a type of fat that burns excess energy rather than storing it, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers. The findings could have major implications for obese individuals who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Late sleepers eat more calories and have higher BMIs, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/05/2011 - Individuals who regularly stay up late may be more likely to eat excess calories and have a higher body mass index (BMI), putting themselves at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research out of Northwestern University.
Physical activity leads to significant improvement in blood sugar control for type 2 diabetics
05/04/2011 - A structured exercise program, whether it includes aerobic workouts or resistance training, may help individuals with type 2 diabetes improve their blood sugar control, according to a new study from a team of Brazilian researchers.
Researchers connect poor sleep and uncontrolled blood sugar in type 2 diabetics
05/03/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes who sleep poorly at night may be more insulin resistant and have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels than those who sleep well, according to a new study from a team of University of Chicago researchers.
Researchers discover why some type 2 diabetes medications cause weight gain
05/03/2011 - Thiazolidinedione (TZD) medications may be effective at lowering blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, but they have also been shown to cause significant weight gain. This can be a major health risk for individuals who are already more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
 

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